Over the years, I have gathered a lot of data on my home computer. Digital photos, my music collection, all those letters I have sent.
At the same time I have been faced with managing the storage of this data.
Buying bigger hard drives is the easy bit. Easy to fit and cheap to buy. But backup is a whole different story.
At first you would back up your data to a floppy disk, then a CD ROM, then a DVD but today removable media isn’t up to the task anymore so the only option is spinning disk.
So on the other side of my home office I have a server with a substantial amount of storage and each night all my other machines backup to that. This provides protection against hard drive failure (yes it has happened to me on more than one occasion) accidental deletion but it provided little or no protection against fire, flood or theft.
For the last 3 years I have been using an online backup service from Mozy. For less than $60 a year I could backup ALL my data to the Mozy platform so that in the event of a total loss at home, I would have a way to recover. At $60 year, I know this is a lot for some home users but the thought of loosing a decades worth of media seems like money well spent.
Besides the Mozy service works really well and does exactly what it says on the tin.
But today I got an email from Mozy.
Things are changing.